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Things newspapers do better than technology

August 2, 2009
Picture courtesy of Noodlepie

Picture courtesy of Noodlepie

I am an advocate of digitising and socialising all media, not least because it would make journalism more sustainable, with lower distribution costs and higher audience engagement than is possible on paper.

But there is one strong argument for sustaining the print version of newspapers: the second-hand market.  It is the very throw-away-ability of newspapers that means they can be used to start fires, cover furniture when painting the ceiling, pack fireworks, act as the collar inside cocktail umbrellas, or catch the falling flecks of boot polish that detach from the brush as you work your office shoes up to a shine.

And the most cherished use of all – I doubt you would be happy to see someone wrapping tomorrow’s fish and chips around your Kindle DX.

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One comment

  1. […] Thus newspapers demand our immediate attention in ways that mere books, for all their refinement and beauty, never can. Set aside a book and you can return to it tomorrow. Cast aside a newspaper and it will be recycled, or used as fish-and-chip wrapping. […]



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